Suicide bombers targeting Shi’ite worshippers killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more at two Baghdad mosques Oct. 2. They attacks came as Shi’ites marked the first day of Eid, a three-day celebration that follows Ramadan, Islam’s holy month. A man strapped with explosives killed at least 12 worshipers as they left al-Rasoul mosque in Jadida, a largely Shi’ite district. Another struck a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque in Zafaraniyah, also in southern Baghdad. (McClatchy, Oct. 3; Bloomberg, Oct. 2)
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More terror in Diyala
From the New York Times, Oct. 9, buried at the bottom of page 12:
Baghdad: (some) walls come down; terror continues
A front-page story in New York Times of Oct. 10 touts, “As Fears Ease, Baghdad Sees Walls Tumble.” You’ve got to read well past the jump to page 14 before you are told:
So even where the walls are coming down, fundamentalist thugs with guns are still controlling the traffic. Meanwhile, a story below the fold on page 14 informs us that Sadrist legislator Saleh al-Ugaili was killed by a roadside bomb in Sadr City while on his way to the parliament building in the Green Zone. Moqtada al-Sadr spokesman Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi said he had no doubt the US had ordered the attack, citing the Sadr movement’s opposition to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).